The Natural Way Health Clinic
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel and foot pain. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of soft tissue that extends from your heel to your toes and allows for general support of your arch and foot. Inflammation of the plantar fascia is usually a result of an increase in tension of the surrounding area. The result of this increase in tension is microtears of the fascia which lead to inflammation and pain. The pain can often be worse in the morning because the fascia in your foot tightens as you sleep. With each new step in the morning the fascia loosens and warms up, which will generally cause the pain to reduce.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly linked to an overuse injury and is seen in many athletes. In the general population certain increases in regular activities such as running, walking and standing can also create an increase of inflammation. Another common cause of plantar fasciitis includes the use of improper footwear such as flip flops.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor can help in may ways with your plantar fascial pain. After a thorough evaluation a treatment plan that suits your needs will be discussed. Some treatments that may be a part of your personalized plan includes:
- Soft tissue therapy/Myofascial release
- Lower extremity adjustments
- Instrument assisted soft tissue therapy
- Exercise program
- Lifestyle advice
- Orthotic prescription
- Fill a plastic water bottle with water and place in freezer
- Wrap the frozen water bottle in a towel or place in a sock
- Use the frozen water bottle to ice your foot from heel to toes by rolling it along the bottom of your foot for approximately 10 minutes
- Use a hard tennis ball or lacrosse ball to roll out any tight knots throughout the region of the plantar fascia
Stuber, K., & Kristmanson, K. (2006). Conservative therapy for plantar fasciitis: a narrative review of randomized controlled trials. The Journal Of The Canadian Chiropractic Association, 50(2), 118-133.